State House passes bill to improve financial aid access

A bill that would require high school students to complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) documents before graduation passed on the House floor Tuesday.

House Bill 87, legislation aiming to improve access to higher education, would provide awareness of costs and opportunities for aid when students consider continuing their education after high school.

Rep. Regina Huff, the sponsor of House Bill 87, said the bill compliments the requirement that students complete the ACT which is used by many universities as a part of the admissions process. She pointed out the bill allows for opt-outs should a student not want to complete the form but is needed so as many students as possible know what financial resources they have available should they want to continue their education.

The current FAFSA completion rate in Kentucky is less than 50 percent. 

House Bill 87 now moves to the Senate.

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